Search Results: "Shirley Reva Vernick"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BLACK BUTTERFLY by Shirley Reva Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"Though not as suspenseful as the ingredients would suggest, it's still an amusing and engaging romance with the added spice only a pair of specters can add. (Paranormal romance. 11-18)"
The dead of winter in a Maine inn, a hunky guy who's interesting and interested, a pair of young ghosts and a 16-year-old girl on her own—the perfect ingredients for a creepy paranormal romance. Read full book review >

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REMEMBER DIPPY by Shirley Reva Vernick
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 14, 2013

"An enjoyable and provocative exploration of the clash between 'normal' and 'different' and how similar the two really are. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Summer is supposed to be about lazy days, but for Johnny, summer doesn't quite turn out the way he expects. Read full book review >

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THE BLOOD LIE by Shirley Reva Vernick
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A great match with Karen Hesse's Witness (2001), also set in the 1920s, about a Vermont town that took a stand against prejudice. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
When little Daisy Durham disappears, an innocent Jewish boy is called a murderer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HAVING IT ALL by Reva Korda
Released: Jan. 30, 1990

A neatly tailored, true-ringing look at advertising's upper echelons, written by a former head honcho of Ogilvy & Mather. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCREAMING AT THE UMP by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"Not a heavy hitter but worthy of a spot in the starting lineup. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In a decided departure for baseball-themed novels, a middle schooler figures out that the game's values are not always reliable guidelines for real life. Read full book review >

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SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROCK STAR by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Great for a rocking storytime and budding performers of all kinds, while quieter audience members can sit back and enjoy the show or get lost in the many colorfully designed guitar picks on the endpapers. Encore! (Picture book. 4-7)"
The title strikes the right note, landing somewhere between a taunt and an invitation. Those intrigued will be rewarded by a wicked good time created by new picture-book partners Vernick and Edmunds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRAND ARMY PLAZA by Reva Spiro Luxenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2005

"Despite awkward pacing, this compassionate tale effectively illustrates tolerance as lived in reality rather than as an abstract ideal."
A Jewish woman and an African-American boy form an unlikely but meaningful connection in this novel set in Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood. Read full book review >

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FIRST GRADE DROPOUT by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"A sure conversation-starter about empathy. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In typical child fashion, an embarrassing slip of the tongue leads one young blond boy to want to drop out of school altogether. Read full book review >

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BOGART AND VINNIE by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2013

"Diverting and comical. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This story of an unlikely animal friendship is an unnecessary send-up of the plethora of videotaped accounts of interspecies pals but still has its charms. Read full book review >

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TEACH YOUR BUFFALO TO PLAY DRUMS by Audrey Vernick
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2011

"Buffaloes may be funny, but they are not, it turns out, the most inspiring educators, and readers may long for a few more SCASHes and TATTA TAT TATs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Buffaloes are always funny, which makes them unlikely subjects for a self-help book. Read full book review >